2010 Top Franchises from Entrepreneur's Franchise 500 List

Our 37th Annual Franchise 500 ranking reveals the impact of the newest trends and the industries poised for growth.

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  • Rank
  • Company/Description/Initial Investment
# 201
Play It Again Sports

Play It Again Sports

New and used sporting goods/equipment

Initial Investment: $242K - $393K

# 202
Thrifty Rent-A-Car System Inc.

Thrifty Rent-A-Car System Inc.

Car rentals

Initial Investment: $639K - $6.8M

# 203
OctoClean Franchising Systems

OctoClean Franchising Systems

Janitorial services

Initial Investment: $9K - $182K

# 204
Dollar Rent A Car Inc.

Dollar Rent A Car Inc.

Car rentals

Initial Investment: $639K - $6.8M

# 205
Embassy Suites by Hilton

Embassy Suites by Hilton

Upscale all-suite hotels

Initial Investment: $26.2M - $39M

# 206
Pak Mail

Pak Mail

Packing, shipping, crating, freight, mailboxes, business services

Initial Investment: $134K - $180K

# 207
Jet's Pizza

Jet's Pizza

Pizza, subs, wings, salads

Initial Investment: $351K - $615K

# 208
My Gym Children's Fitness Center

My Gym Children's Fitness Center

Early-learning/fitness programs

Initial Investment: $34K - $247K

# 209
Maui Wowi Hawaiian Coffees & Smoothies

Maui Wowi Hawaiian Coffees & Smoothies

Hawaiian coffee and smoothies

Initial Investment: $75K - $469K

# 210
GolfTEC

GolfTEC

Indoor high-tech golf instruction

Initial Investment: $125K - $470K

# 211
Mr. Appliance LLC

Mr. Appliance LLC

Household appliance services and repairs

Initial Investment: $58K - $117K

# 212
Mr. Electric

Mr. Electric

Electrical services

Initial Investment: $81K - $182K

# 213
Melting Pot Restaurants Inc., The

Melting Pot Restaurants Inc., The

Fondue restaurant

Initial Investment: $955K - $1.4M

# 214
Pump It Up

Pump It Up

Children's entertainment centers

Initial Investment: $366K - $790K

# 215
DKI

DKI

Insurance/disaster restoration

Initial Investment: $22K - $95K

# 216
Pro-Cuts Classic

Pro-Cuts Classic

Hair salon

Initial Investment: $95K - $185K

# 217
i9 Sports

i9 Sports

Youth sports leagues, camps and clinics

Initial Investment: $45K - $70K

# 218
Wingate by Wyndham

Wingate by Wyndham

Hotels

Initial Investment: $6.9M - $10.6M

# 219
HoneyBaked Ham Co. & Cafe, The

HoneyBaked Ham Co. & Cafe, The

Specialty ham and turkey store/cafe

Initial Investment: $285K - $444K

# 220
Image360

Image360

Signs, digital imaging

Initial Investment: $136K - $277K

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# 221
DirectBuy Inc.

DirectBuy Inc.

Consumer buying club

Initial Investment: $359K - $904K

# 222
Surf City Squeeze

Surf City Squeeze

Smoothies, fruit drinks, nutritional supplements

Initial Investment: $78K - $287K

# 223
Bruster's Real Ice Cream

Bruster's Real Ice Cream

Ice cream, frozen yogurt, ices, sherbets

Initial Investment: $262K - $1.3M

# 224
Robeks Fresh Juices & Smoothies

Robeks Fresh Juices & Smoothies

Smoothies, juices, healthful snacks

Initial Investment: $229K - $340K

# 225
Lenny's Sub Shop

Lenny's Sub Shop

Subs, philly cheesesteaks, salads

Initial Investment: $140K - $355K

# 226
Mint Condition Franchising Inc.

Mint Condition Franchising Inc.

Commercial cleaning, building maintenance

Initial Investment: $5K - $45K

# 227
N-Hance

N-Hance

Wood floor and cabinet refinishing

Initial Investment: $24K - $145K

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# 228
Grease Monkey Franchising LLC

Grease Monkey Franchising LLC

Oil changes, preventive maintenance

Initial Investment: $164K - $320K

# 229
Cleaning Authority, The

Cleaning Authority, The

Residential cleaning

Initial Investment: $87K - $136K

# 230
Pizza Ranch

Pizza Ranch

Pizza, chicken, salad bar, buffet

Initial Investment: $1M - $2.8M

# 231
Juice It Up!

Juice It Up!

Raw juices, smoothies, acai and pitaya bowls, healthful snacks

Initial Investment: $152K - $378K

# 232
Crown Trophy Inc.

Crown Trophy Inc.

Award and recognition items

Initial Investment: $186K - $278K

# 233
Nestle Toll House Cafe by Chip

Nestle Toll House Cafe by Chip

Bakery cafe

Initial Investment: $148K - $497K

# 234
Extreme Pita

Extreme Pita

Pita wrap sandwiches, pizzas, smoothies, salads

Initial Investment: $160K - $442K

# 235
U-Save Car & Truck Rental

U-Save Car & Truck Rental

Car & truck rentals

Initial Investment: $73K - $686K

# 236
Weichert Real Estate Affiliates Inc.

Weichert Real Estate Affiliates Inc.

Real estate

Initial Investment: $50K - $365K

# 237
Certified Restoration DryCleaning Network LLC

Certified Restoration DryCleaning Network LLC

Textile restoration

Initial Investment: $46K - $236K

# 238
Learning Express

Learning Express

Specialty toy store

Initial Investment: $210K - $298K

# 239
Growth Coach, The

Growth Coach, The

Small-business and sales coaching and mentoring

Initial Investment: $55K - $85K

# 240
Glass Doctor

Glass Doctor

Auto/residential/commercial glass repair and replacement

Initial Investment: $109K - $279K

# 241
Bruegger's Bagels

Bruegger's Bagels

Bagels, breads, sandwiches, soups, salads

Initial Investment: $390K - $592K

# 242
MaidPro

MaidPro

Residential cleaning

Initial Investment: $38K - $203K

# 243
AmeriSpec Home Inspection Services

AmeriSpec Home Inspection Services

Home inspections

Initial Investment: $23K - $55K

# 244
Ductz Int'l. Inc.

Ductz Int'l. Inc.

Air-duct cleaning, HVAC Restoration, dryer-vent cleaning

Initial Investment: $80K - $131K

# 245
Famous Dave's

Famous Dave's

Barbecue-theme restaurant

Initial Investment: $637K - $4.2M

# 246
Sears Home & Business Franchises Inc.

Sears Home & Business Franchises Inc.

Carpet, upholstery, air-duct & dryer-vent cleaning; garage solutions

Initial Investment: $11K - $192K

# 247
Schlotzsky's

Schlotzsky's

Sandwiches, pizza, salads

Initial Investment: $504K - $787K

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# 248
Fast-Fix Jewelry & Watch Repairs

Fast-Fix Jewelry & Watch Repairs

Jewelry and watch repairs

Initial Investment: $186K - $358K

# 249
Friendly's Restaurants Franchise LLC

Friendly's Restaurants Franchise LLC

Family-style restaurant/ice cream shop

Initial Investment: $148K - $2M

# 250
Petland

Petland

Pets, pet supplies, boarding, daycare, grooming

Initial Investment: $274K - $1M

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Understanding the Ranking

There's a lot that goes into putting together the first, best and most comprehensive franchise ranking in the world. Here's a behind-the-scenes look at Entrepreneur's 37th annual Franchise 500®.

The process began in July 2015, when we asked franchisors to participate in our survey. Each submission was vetted before being entered for data analysis; 951 companies made the first cut. Of those, the top 500 became the Franchise 500® ranking, based on financial and statistical data from July 2013 through July 2015.

Only franchise companies that supply a full Franchise Disclosure Document (FDD) or Canadian Disclosure Document and whose information is verified by Entrepreneur can receive a listing. To be eligible for the Franchise 500®, a franchisor must have a minimum of 10 units, with at least one franchise located in the U.S. The company must be seeking new franchisees in the U.S., and it cannot be in Chapter 11 at the time the ranking is compiled. (The exception to these rules is Canada-based companies that are expanding only in Canada.)

All companies are judged by the same criteria: objective, quantifiable measures of a franchise operation. The most important factors include financial strength and stability, growth rate and size of the system. We also consider the number of years a company has been in business and the length of time it's been franchising, startup costs, litigation, percentage of terminations and whether the company provides financing. Financial data is analyzed by an independent CPA.

We do not measure subjective elements such as franchisee satisfaction or management style. The objective factors are plugged into our exclusive Franchise 500® formula, with each eligible company receiving a cumulative score.

Remember that the Franchise 500® is not intended to endorse, advertise or recommend any particular franchise. It is solely a research tool you can use to compare franchise operations. Entrepreneur stresses that you should always conduct your own independent investigation before investing money in a franchise. Read the FDD and related materials carefully, get help from a franchise attorney and a CPA in reviewing any legal or financial documents, and talk to as many existing and former franchisees as possible and visit their outlets. The best way to protect yourself is to do your homework.

Research compiled by Tracy Stapp Herold and J.R. Jimenez with assistance from Hava Arieh, Rick Ignarra, Nicole Jurinek, Yvette Madrid, Jessica Nguyen and Giuseppe Ricapito; technical assistance from Angel Cool and Daniel Sibitzky; financial analysis by David R. Juedes, CPA; graphic design by Karen Meneghin.

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